Gospel music is one of the black music in America. This genre is said to have originated in the United States around the 1930s, and has spread to Christians and is considered one of the multi-religious music. This genre is fused with R&B and soul, and is diversifying. Even now, this music is a minor genre, but it continues to live as church music.
What is Gospel?
Gospel is music that originated in America. It spread among Christian Protestants and became established as religious music. Gospel is characterized by black emotional expression and African syncopation in rhythm. Originating in the first half of the 1900s, this genre has now transformed into a fusion of influences such as R&B and soul. It’s also music made by African Americans, so it has a pretty deep connection with the history of black slavery. Through evangelistic meetings, Sunday schools, and Christian camps, this music has been loved and established by many believers.
Gospel music is closely tied to the history and background of African Americans in America. In America, which was called the New World around the 17th century, laws were enacted in each state that allowed Africans to be used as slaves without restriction. Africans who were taken to the Americas were deprived of their own language and religion. Among them, the gospel came to play music that praises God. It is said that this music originated in the 1930s, and it began to be played in black churches. Around 1930, gospel artists and others appeared in Chicago.
By the late 1900s, gospel was blending influences with other musical genres such as hip-hop, rap, funk, and R&B. At the same time, a new genre of Christian music called contemporary worship music was born. This genre has become common music sung in Christian churches today. This genre consists of a lead singer and a lead guitarist or keyboard player such as an organ, and is also a major genre of Christian music.
American metal band. However, despite being a metal band, the music that fused with gospel was commercially successful. It established the genre of Christian metal. It was disbanded once, but restarted in 2003.
Sounds of Blackness
American gospel ensemble group. Debuting in 1991, they make music that fuses gospel, R&B, and soul, and although most of their albums are non-gospel, there are quite a few gospel elements.